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12th Apr 2019

Forget brunch, get the girls over for this steamed egg and avocado breakfast – it’s divine!

Louise Carroll

Brought to you by Centra.

How do you like your eggs in the morning?

Apparently, steamed eggs are now all the rage and indeed, there’s good reason for it.

For a start, it makes for a perfect egg thanks to a more gentle way of cooking, and all without the addition of butter or oil.

We’ve teamed up with Centra to bring you an entire video series that puts the simplicity back into our everyday meal prep while highlighting how macros (that’s macronutrients, more on this below) make for a hugely effective dietary plan – one that’s not at all complicated either.

Keep an eye on the Her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for a new recipe every week. This week, see how easy it is to make the perfect steamed egg and sliced avocado right here.

The fact that this recipe opts for steamed eggs and avocado means you’re getting the right kind of fat in your diet. We love fat! It’s essential for healthy brain and nerve function, it transports fat-soluble vitamins (like vitamin A, D, E and K) and it regulates a whole host of hormones that ensure our body functions just as it should.

But if you opt for a fried egg, there’s a good chance you or the chef will use butter or oil (saturated fat).

By having avocado with your egg, you’re consuming unsaturated fat (avocados are around 75 per cent unsaturated fat) with avocados providing polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. That’s the good kind.

Also, we see plenty of people have taken to eating just the white of an egg because it contains protein and less fat than the yolk. Remember though, the yolk is full of good stuff too.

Cholesterol has been demonised in the past, but dietary cholesterol (contained in egg yolk) doesn’t appear to have an effect on blood cholesterol which is linked to clogged arteries. (Yippee!)

Egg yolks are also rich in unsaturated fats, omega-3s, vitamin D, choline (for DNA synthesis) and selenium (a great antioxidant). So we can most definitely indulge in the ENTIRE egg without feeling one bit guilty.

Eggs are also a great source of macronutrients. Macronutrients are required in high amounts by our body simply to keep the engine running as normal and so we can carry out our daily activities with ease.

Put simply, macronutrients are our energy source. They include carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and we need these in large amounts each day. (On the other hand, micronutrients are the essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals within these macronutrients.)

One large egg has around 0.6 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of protein and 5.3 grams of fats, so it’s a good source of macronutrients AND those essential vitamins. Remember, eat loads of greens and lots of other veggies too for a balanced diet and to ensure you feel fabulous!

Now, to enjoy that yummy breakfast, ladies.

Brought to you by Centra.